Well, I was planning to start back playing a little in January, finish The Lumen Sessions and release it on cd, but I jumped the gun a little and booked a show in December. The Satellite Bar is an amazing venue in Wilmington, NC, I am really pumped to be playing. I have a new drummer here in NC, Patrick Edwards, and we are looking forward to playing our first show there! Get there at 9:00 and we'll be ready to make noise! Also, be on the lookout for new things shaking! Scarlet said the other day, "Dad, when are you playing a show again? I want to come along and sell cd's......" Cheers folks!
I just wanted to let everyone know about some changes coming down very soon. I am going to be backing off the whole music thing for a while and while I was planning to let the website shut down due to the cost involved, a friend stepped up and paid for it. So I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to Kevin Nickler in Pennsylvania. Kevin has been a huge support of my music and I am thankful that our paths crossed. Kevin said he felt that the website was important and allows me to continue to post songs and have a financial income even while I'm not out playing shows. I feel extremely fortunate to have friends that believe in what I'm doing and care about me and my family. Thank you again, Kevin. It means a ton.
So, this is the email I sent recently to explain my desicion:
I am finally succumbing to the reality of my own personal life and choices. I am excited to make this transition but felt that I wanted to let everyone know as honest as I could my reasons for doing so.
Most of you know my daughter Scarlet Meadow, she may have even pushed a cd on you or invited herself to your table, and probably know that she is daddy's partner in crime. She was coming to shows with me since she was born and started going out, just the two of us, at age 2. We've met so many great people and it has allowed her to experience a life that most kids are not able to. She has been a part of almost everything I do musically (when it can be allowed) and has learned so much in the 5 years we've done it together. I purposely wanted to have her involved from the time we learned my wife was pregnant because I felt that it was an incredible opportunity for her to learn. We decided several years ago that we wanted to homeschool Scarlet and these runs of shows have been a way to allow her to experience real life, see what dad is doing and learn about all the things that go into the life of a traveling musician. I am very proud of the times we've had and I want much of those things to continue.
Many of you will know this already but I had a band in central Pennsylvania called Grantham Road. We started off doing everything ourselves, booking, promoting, managing, etc. but over time we worked with a great team that shared these responsibilities. When we broke up and I decided to explore a solo career, I didn't realize the weight of that whole decision. I lost my manager, booker and the other band members that helped share in the responsibilities. To try and do the job that five guys were doing before seems like a poor decision to me now, but, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. I am not a manager or a booking agent or a promoter or anything, I'm simply an artist. But it takes a lot more than just being an artist to be successful. To gain the attention of outside managers, booking agents and the like, is something that I have not been able to do. When I try to wear all these different hats to have some kind of success, it takes everything I have and I realize that where I need to focus that energy is on my daughter.
I really appreciate everyone's support over the years. I think of the venues that I play in terms of the people that I am most likely to see there because to me it has always been about the people. Thank you to everyone that helped with a vehicle, provided a place to crash, loaded in, tore down, said kind words, brought a friend, bought a drink, fixed a string, laughed at a joke or just sat at the bar and bobbed your head. It's been great. I don't hope this to be the end, it's just like a vacation.......
See you down the road,
I wanted to say Thank You to all the venues this run and to everyone who came out to a show. We had a blast! Thanks to the Hodle, Suba, Front Street Station and Ye Olde Meeting Place! Most venues I play have been supportive for years and I can't thank them enough. It was great catching up with old friends and making a bunch of new ones. I hope we can get back around this area soon. Also, I want to say thanks to Steve Geyer for banging them old drums for me, it was a blast as usual. Cheers!
Make sure you check out the Shows page this month. I'm in PA and NC at some great venues. I'd love to see you out and about!
May is gone, what happened? Busy month, I was out of town for much of it and while I should have been being more productive, I honestly was just hanging out and drinking beers. Oh, and playing some shows. So the release for May never happened but we are going to be making it happen and adding an additional song to the project too. That additional song will be finished at some point and then I'll release it. This all sounds so haphazard. Because my life is haphazard. Anyway, I am playing in Morgantown, WV this month at a new venue for me. If you are in the area, stop on by. I would love to have a show in the Fredrick, MD area after WV, if you have any last minute contacts....... well, you know the drill, is on the contact page.
I am getting ready for next weeks run of shows, Ryan and I are in Knoxville, Johnson City and Charlotte and sharing the stage with The Crimson Balladeers out of Las Vegas. Great band with true americana spirit. Johnson City is a three band affair with a local band called Teeth Like Keys. Really cool sound and I can't wait to get us all together. In the meantime I am fixing speakers and running my kid to gymnastics...... Always and forever a dad first! Hope to see you out and about, I have a small run in June heading in the West Virginia area. I'll keep you posted on that too! Cheers!
Hey everyone, just wanted to keep you posted on a few things going on for this month. I was just out in Asheville recording with Ryan (www.lumenaudio.com www.creativesoundlab.tv) on a great project for Asher Leigh. Asher is a singer/songwriter with some soulful songs and a very pleasant voice. We tracked three songs and they should be out soon. The tracks are a good mix of what Asher is all about.
I am back in the studio helping with another great singer/songwriter named Jessica Greer this month. Now Jessica is a dear friend of mine and many of you will recognize her due to her singing backing vocals on my project. I am pumped to be a part of her project. And Jessica does amazing things like makes quilts for famous people and then delivers them at their live shows. All while holding down a real job. Can you tell I am pumped on her? hahaha.
Also this month we will be releasing another song from The Lumen Sessions. If you watched the live web broadcast a few months ago, you will know the track. I wrote it with a punk rock vibe, though I can't really say that it's all that punk rock.
Ryan and I are playing Knoxville, TN, Johnson City, TN and Charlotte, NC this month also with a band from Las Vegas called The Crimson Balladeers. Check those guys out on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/crimsonballadeers . Real stand-up guys. Check out the "Shows" page for all the latest live dates.
I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the venues this month; it was a blast! I traveled to Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Tennessee and been getting great feedback and support. April was the busiest month I've seen in a while (it ain't all fun and games being an adult....) and I remember why I love traveling. Thank you to everyone that came out, so many new friends were made and long time friends revisited. Cheers!!!
Well, if you have been listening to my music since I was around 21 years old, you have probably heard numerous versions of this song. It's getting a little ridiculous. Many of you will know it as "Martin Myers" but I felt this version deserved a new name. The song is based around stories I heard about the "glory days" at Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania. Big thank you to Ryan Earnhardt, as always, for playing and tracking ( www.creativesoundlab.tv ; www.lumenaudio.com ) and Jessica Greer for doing those "ahhhhhhs".... Cheers!
Seems like it's been forever since I've played a live show. This month has some great stuff going on though, playing in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and North Carolina. Most of the shows I am playing with a drummer, so hopefully they won't be as boring as usual..... I am also excited about some other recording projects that I have my hands in. Ryan Earnhardt (Lumen Audio and Creative Sound Lab) and I have some new artists that we believe in and are bringing them into the studio to record some EP's for them. I'll be helping with guitar and arrangement along with some offering some songs. More on that in the next couple of months. Check out the Shows page to see where I'll be playing; I'd love to see you at one!!